Michael Choukas, Jr., 1946
Devoted his career to improving education and the student experience.
Michael Choukas, Jr. devoted his career to improving education and the student experience. For his dedication and accomplishments, Vermont Academy honors Choukas, a 1946 graduate, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
After graduating Dartmouth College, Choukas served in the US Marine Corps as Captain of the Marine Reserve. From there, he taught at the Milbrook School, and in 1954 returned to Vermont Academy as faculty. At VA, Choukas created a course called “Man and His World,” that inspires students to think about opportunities available to them, as well as the difficult issues facing they world they would inherit. This course brings more than 20 college professors to campus each year. He also instituted an urban studies program.
In 1962 Choukas was awarded the Condict Cup for his outstanding service to his alma mater, and was appointed Headmaster of Vermont Academy in 1966. He also participated in several organizations, which included his service as President of the Vermont Independent Schools Association, the Northern New England Independent Schools Association, and the prestigious Headmaster’s Association. In 1977, Choukas accepted the position of Director of Alumni Relations at Dartmouth -- after 11 years as Headmaster and 23 years of service to Vermont Academy.